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Metal thieves steal Blitz memorial plaque from Christ Church Garden

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A plaque commemorating the bombing of Christ Church Southwark during World War II has been stolen.

Metal thieves steal Blitz memorial plaque from Christ Church Garden
© PAUL FARMER; reproduced under a Creative Commons Licence.
Metal thieves steal Blitz memorial plaque from Christ Church Garden
The missing plaque

The plaque disappeared from the gardens at the rear of the Blackfriars Road church during the August bank holiday weekend.

The plaque carried the words:
On 17th April 1941
Christchurch was set on fire
by enemy action and the
church cross fell in flames
on this spot.

These stones mark where
the grass was scorched
by the burning cross

"There have been no arrests and this case has been closed pending further evidence," said a Southwark Police spokeswoman.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call police on 101.

"I am saddened to hear that such a significant reminder of an important part of the history of Christ Church has been stolen," said Revd Tim Scott, rector of Christ Church Southwark.

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